Team Tackle Launches Today!

Today is an exciting day for the American Diabetes Association as we announce the launch of Team Tackle, a new initiative that brings together 45 current, former and upcoming professional football players—representing nearly every professional team in the country—with the Association to raise awareness of diabetes and prediabetes. The national launch of Team Tackle is taking place today, during the Association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day (CHAD), at 9 a.m. EDT at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

Here’s a play-by-play of Team Tackle:

About Team Tackle:
Team Tackle is not a one-day event. Team Tackle is an ongoing initiative with several components that brings professional football players together with the American Diabetes Association to champion additional research, fair treatment and total wellness for all people living with diabetes, and provide hope for the millions of individuals and families who are living with diabetes or who are at risk. You can read more about Team Tackle, including a full roster of players, at

Team Tackle’s first focus will be on raising funds to help children with type 1 diabetes, children with type 2 diabetes and children who are at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes attend an American Diabetes Association Diabetes Camp. Team Tackle members will be asking their fans and supporters to “Become a Camp Champion” and directing them to an online fundraising page for the Camp Champion fundraiser.

About Today’s Press Conference:
A Senate press conference in conjunction with CHAD serves as the official kick-off of Team Tackle. During this event, Kevin L. Hagan, CEO, and Margaret Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, are delivering the Association’s 2016 Stop Diabetes petition—signed by more than 79,000 people asking Congress to stand up to diabetes by increasing funding for diabetes research and programs—to Senate Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs  Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan M. Collins (R-ME). The event will also share the message that diabetes touches everyone in our country, featuring stories from Team Tackle members Dont’a Hightower (New England), Mike Golic(sports commentator and retired player), and Lorenzo Alexander (free agent), as well as Association volunteers and diabetes advocates Gina Gavlak, National Advocacy Committee Chair, Michelle Foster, member of the National Advocacy Committee, and  Aiden Dine, an 11-year-old Diabetes Advocate who has type 1 diabetes. Immediately following the press conference, Diabetes Advocates and Team Tackle members will meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance of funding diabetes prevention, treatment and research.

We will be livestreaming and archiving the press conference on the Association’s Facebook page at:

Team Tackle at the White House
In addition to the Capitol Hill press conference, Diabetes Advocates and Team Tackle members will participate this afternoon in panel discussions at a White House event that examines the current state of diabetes prevention, research and treatment efforts. Association speakers include Kevin L. Hagan,Robin Richardson, Chair of the Board for the Association, Gina Gavlak, and Anastasia Albanese-O’Neil, a member of the Association’s Advocacy Committee. Team Tackle speakers include Rashad Jennings (New York), Aaron Murray (Kansas City), and Sam Acho (Chicago).

The event will be livestreamed from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT at and will be available in the White House video gallery archives.

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